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Lady Gaga Hair Damage Challenges

Karen Marie Shelton - Copyright - All Rights Reserved 
Revised Date: 10/04/11

Introduction

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has revealed that her hair has started to fall out as she constantly dyes it.  Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, talked about her hair loss and beauty secrets to PEOPLE magazine (via Daily Mail).

A natural brunette, Gaga said that she misses her dark hair when she goes to "get a chemical haircut because my blonde hair is falling out."

The 'Born this Way' singer said that Princess Diana was one of her beauty influences along with her mother Cynthia Germanotta.

Gaga advised fans that the best beauty tip she could give would be to "Just go with your gut." She added, "Whenever you try to be someone else, it's boring."

In response to Gaga's comments about her hair loss challenges NYC Dermatologist Dr. Channing Barnett noted that "many people don't know that once your hair is damaged you can't repair it." 

Dr. Barnett said "once the protective lipid layer is gone" frizz is the end result. Chemically damaged hair which has lost it's protective layer will not only frizz, it will result in ongoing "bad hair days" of dry tresses with a dull appearance. 

The New York dermatologist pointed out that "chemical damage from hair dyes, perms and products that straighten the hair are major contributors to hair damage that occurs over time." For women like Gaga who had damaged hair "moisturizing conditioners are necessary."

Dr. Channing Barnett

Dr. Barnett said "One of the most common misconceptions about hair is that it is alive, when in fact hair is nonliving and does not heal itself once it is injured.  For this reason, once the hair is damaged it cannot heal itself except through new hair growth at the scalp."

It's truly a double edged sword.  Women need to understand that the very things that they do to make hair appear beautiful such as using hair dyes, perms and products which straighten the hair will eventually end up damaging the hair's structure and ultimately affecting it's appearance.

Dr. Channing said ”products to minimize the effects of hair damage include conditioning"  shampoos used in combination with rinse out hair conditioners.

She also says hair products with dimethicone can restore shine, reduce static electricity and make hair more manageable. Serums applied to the hands and run through the hair – but not the scalp – are also recommended. 

To keep hair looking healthy, avoid processing, straightening and dyeing and be generous with conditioner to minimize the effects of damaged and brittle hair. 

Summary

When in doubt be sure to consult your dermatologist for any questions about styling products, concerns about the appearance of your hair, or unexplained hair loss.

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Original Publication Date:  06/06/11 - Revised Date: 10/04/11

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